Letter Sample #41 – You are due to start a new job but you will not be able to

GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 41

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are due to start a new job next week but you will not be able to because you have some problems.

Write a letter to your new employer. In your letter

• explain your situation
• describe your problems
• tell him/her when you think you can start.

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write your own address. Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ………,


Model Answer 1:

Dear Mr Marconi,

I am so delighted to be recruited as a Project Manager in your organisation. I am supposed to start from 1st November, but due to some unavoidable problems, it will take two more weeks. I am hoping that you would be kind enough to consider my situation and allow me to start from 15th November.

My last day with my current employer should have been on 25th October. I have almost finished my tasks on hand and have trained the newly recruited employee so that my transition does not cause any problem. However, my office management has recently requested me to work on a new project that would take me another two weeks. They are so convinced that I should work on this last project and I could not turn their request down.

Considering the circumstance, and since I did not have an alternative, I am writing to request you to let me start my office from 15th of the next month. I would be much obliged to your kind consideration.

I am hoping to hear from you soon regarding this.

Yours faithfully,

Natasa Holmes


Sample Answer 2:

Dear Ms Juliana,

I am so happy to have been offered the Junior Executive post in your company. However, I am writing to seek your permission to begin my work with you from 10th July instead of 1st July due to some dilemmas.

I have recently finished my graduation and currently, work for my uncle’s parcel business. Unfortunately, he has had a minor accident and had to get admitted to a hospital, leaving me in charge of his business. The doctor said he can leave the hospital in a couple of days and start working after a week or so. The circumstance forces me to work for him for another week.

I realise this will be inconvenient for you, but I am hoping that you would be prepared to allow me to take up the position with you 10 days later than planned. I would like to emphasise that I remain very keen to work with you, and will see you on 10th July.

I look forward to hearing a response from you soon.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Logan

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